An impacted tooth is a tooth that gets blocked as it is pushing through the gum into your mouth (erupting). Wisdom teeth often are impacted. Wisdom teeth usually begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 21.The symptoms include:
• Bad breath
• Difficulty opening the mouth (occasionally)
• Pain or tenderness of the gums (gingiva) or jaw bone
• Prolonged headache or jaw ache
• Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth
• Swollen lymph nodes of the neck (occasionally)
• Unpleasant taste when biting down on or near the area
• Visible gap where a tooth did not emerge
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will look for swollen tissue over the area where a tooth has not emerged, or has only partially emerged. The impacted tooth may be pressing on nearby teeth. The gums around the area may show signs of infection such as redness, drainage, and tenderness. Dental x-rays confirm the presence of one or more teeth that have not emerged.
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH TREATED?
No treatment may be needed if the impacted tooth is not causing any problems. Painkillers may help relieve the pain caused by the impacted tooth. Removal of the tooth (extraction) is the usual treatment for an impacted tooth. Antibiotics may be prescribed before the extraction if the tooth is infected.
DID YOU KNOW?
Treatment of Impacted Tooth is successful only when there are symptoms